- The Manzano is known as the “Apple Banana” due to its slight berry and apple flavor. The Manzano is best eaten when the peel is dark black and the flesh is dry. The Manzano is scrumptious and grills beautifully. The Manzano also contains a substantial amount of vitamin C, approximately 10% more than the standard Cavendish.
- The Burro, the little squat banana, excellent for curry dishes and other savory delights has twice the fiber as the Cavendish and a firm, creamy flesh with a slight citrus kick.
- The Karat banana is a small orange fruit with an excellent taste and a superior nutrient profile. Offering 100 times more beta-carotene than the average Cavendish and providing an easily metabolized source of vitamin B2, the Karat has been used as a solid food for small children and enjoyed throughout Micronesia for millennia. The Karat banana is an excellent nutritional source that, due to its vitamin B2 density, increases the metabolism and uptake of iron.
- TheBlue Java is a creamy, rich and velvety variety that is often referred to as the ice cream banana. This banana is used widely in desserts and baking. The Blue Java is wonderfully vanilla flavored and delicately textured.
- TheRed Dacca and Goldfinger are also great for grilling, nutrient dense and add a wonderfully sweet and firm texture to any dish or snack.
- What we frequently consume, the Cavendish, is the American go-to favorite that actually tastes great either ripe or over-ripe.
Do not be afraid of black spots on your banana peel or a black peel for that matter. As a banana ripens and the natural sugars increase, the peel becomes dark. Save your over-ripe bananas for baking and for smoothies. Simply un-peel and place in an airtight container or bag and freeze until needed. The overly ripe banana is super sweet and soft, easily mashed and blended and oh so yummy. Overly ripe bananas can be used with whey protein powder and coconut oil to make ice cream in a blender, food processor or VitaMix. So go Bananas! Try them all out and see for yourself how versatile bananas truly are and how creative you can be!